Takizawa, Iwate

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Takizawa
滝沢市
City
Takizawa montage
Takizawa montage
Flag of Takizawa
Flag
Official seal of Takizawa
Seal
Location of Takizawa in Iwate Prefecture
Location of Takizawa in Iwate Prefecture
Takizawa is located in Japan
Takizawa
Takizawa
 
Coordinates: 39°44′5″N 141°4′37″E / 39.73472°N 141.07694°E / 39.73472; 141.07694Coordinates: 39°44′5″N 141°4′37″E / 39.73472°N 141.07694°E / 39.73472; 141.07694
Country Japan
Region Tōhoku
Prefecture Iwate
Area
 • Total 182.32 km2 (70.39 sq mi)
Population (February 2014)
 • Total 55,153
 • Density 303/km2 (780/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
- Tree Sakura
- Flower Lilium auratum
- Bird Common cuckoo
Phone number 019-684-2111
Address 55, Nakaukai, Takizawa-shi, Iwate-ken 020-0692
Website Official website

Takizawa (滝沢市 Takizawa-shi?) is a city located in Iwate Prefecture, Japan. As of February 2014, the city had an estimated population of 55,153 and a population density of 303 persons per km². The total area was 182.32 km².

Geography[edit]

Takizawa is located in central Iwate Prefecture, bordered to the north and west by the Iwate Mountains, and the Kitakami River to the east and the Shizukuishi River to the south.

Neighboring municipalities[edit]

History[edit]

The area of present-day Takizawa was part of ancient Mutsu Province. During the Heian period, it was ruled by the Abe clan. During the Sengoku period, the area came under the control of the Nambu clan during the Edo period, who ruled Morioka Domain under the Tokugawa shogunate.

The village of Takizawa was established within Iwate District, Iwate on April 1, 1889. Takizawa was promoted directly from a village to a city on January 1, 2014.

Economy[edit]

Takizawa is a bedroom community for Morioka. Agriculture still plays an important role in the local economy, with Takizawa known for its summer watermelon and fall apples. Koiwai Farm, based in Takizawa, is currently the largest privately owned dairy production center in Japan. The farm produces a full range of dairy products distributed throughout the nation.

Education[edit]

Transportation[edit]

Railway[edit]

Highway[edit]

Local attractions[edit]

  • Chagu Chagu Umakko - Takizawa is famous for its Chagu-Chagu Horse Festival (チャグチャグ馬コ Chagu-Chagu Umakko?) held every June. The festival is designated by the Japanese government to be an Important Cultural Asset. The festival celebrates the horses which once played an important role in the area’s agriculture. The festival gets its name from the bells the horses wear during the procession. The sound the bells make, in Japanese, is "chagu-chagu". The festival begins at Chagu-Chagu Shrine which is a large shrine in Takizawa dedicated to horses. After a brief ceremony a long line of colorfully dressed horses ridden mostly by children in traditional dress leave the shrine and go on a 15 km procession that takes them to Hachimangu Shrine in Morioka. In total the trip takes nearly five hours to complete. [1]
  • Koiwai Snow Festival - Every year Koiwai Farm puts on the Koiwai Snow Festival (小岩井雪祭 Koiwai Yuki Matsuri?). This festival is noteworthy for its giant snow sculptures. Many of the sculptures can reach 30 ft in height or more while most of them can be touched and even climbed on. During the festival there are several traditional musical and dance performances held on a giant stage made from packed snow. The festival ends with a fireworks display which is choreographed to music. A popular event at the festival is eating yakiniku or gageskhan (thinly sliced beef or lamb grilled over a fire or on a hot plate) in an igloo.[2]

Noted people from Takizawa[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Information about the Chagu-Chagu Horse Festival from the Japan National Tourist Organization
  2. ^ Koiwai's official website (Japanese)

External links[edit]

Media related to Takizawa, Iwate at Wikimedia Commons